Malai wins epic thriller over Corrieri

10-ball down to semi-finals in Dynamic Billard European Championships

Portoroz,  Slovenia:  In  a  match  that  was   packed  with  tension  and excitement, Nick Malai (ALB) defeated Daniele Corrieri (ITA) with 8:7. To be honest,  this quarter-final was  not

Nick Malai (ALB)
Nick Malai (ALB)

necessarily  expected by  experts. Especially  Corrieri  can  be  considered  an underdog.  Having  all  those  great  players  in mind  that  participate  in  these  European Championships, it was  definitely  surprising to find him  in the  quarter-finals.  Malai  has  won last  year’s Euro-Tour  in  North Cyprus,  so he was  „on  the  list“.  Of  course,  Malai  was   the favored  player  to  win  the  match.  And  in  the beginning,  everything  looked  like  expected. Malai  was  ahead  4:2  after  six  racks  and Corrieri seemed to struggle a bit. Then the Italian took a time-out an came back with fresh  energy.  He won five  out  of  the next  six  racks and  went  on  the hill, leading  7:5.  Everybody  was   astonished  by  Corrieri’s  performance;  probably Malai was  impressed the most. But Malai is also known a tough fighter. He kept his nerves  together and played good safeties and managed to tie the match at 7:7. Then, he had a good break shot and a perfect layout  in front of him. He did not let that chance slip out of his hand and took the final rack to win 8:7. Corrieri has to settle for a good 5th place  while Malai will have  to deal with Konstantin Stepanov (RUS) in the semi-final.

The semi-final matches will start at 19:15 CET.
The  event  is  hosted  by  the  European  Governing  Body  for  Pool,  the European  Pocket  Billiard  Federation  (EPBF)  and  organized  by  International Billiard Promotion (IBP).  For further information and reference please go to the federation website or contact our press office.

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